Andrew Luck makes a statement
In Luck’s second season, the Colts ended up in the Wild Card round against the Chiefs. The Colts fell behind by a big deficit early, but powered through and won 45-44, thanks in part to an awesome fumble and recovery on the goal line by Luck himself.
Tim Tebow makes (sort of) a statement
In a season marked by criticism of Tebow and his future in the NFL (which eventually turned out to be correct), he was able to silence critics and the Steelers with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the first play of overtime.
Matt Hasselbeck talks a big game
Matt Hasselbeck’s declaration when the Seahawks won an OT coin toss that “We want the ball and we’re going to score” could not have gone worse. Al Harris took an interception to the house and ended the Hawks confident go at the 2004 playoffs.
The Cardinals and Packer score a lot of points
The 2009 Wild Card game that pitted the Cardinals against the Packers was the highest scoring game in playoff history and ended in appropriate fashion. The Packers got the ball in OT this time, but they blew it when Aaron Rodgers fumbled and allowed Arizona to take it in for a touchdown.
The Bills make a comeback
Despite being down by a score of 35-3 in the third quarter, the Bills rallied behind backup QB Frank Reich and came back to win 41-38. And the usually invested Buffalo fans couldn’t even watch due to a television blackout.
The Browns are the Browns
Long before Big Ben, Tommy Maddox made a run when the hapless Browns squandered a 17-point lead and let Maddox go for 400+ yards and three touchdowns to advance before losing an OT thriller to the Titans in the divisional playoff.
Romo loses the handle and the crowd
In what became a defining moment for Romo (in the most terrible way), he mishandled a snap on a game-winning chip shot field goal. Until he can make a run in the post-season, fans and foes will always reference this as the most Romo-y of moments.
The Giants botch a snap
The Cowboys division rival also botched a snap that knocked them out of the Wild Card round, and this was after the 49ers came back from a 24-point deficit. Worse, it was at the hands of Jeff Garcia.
The Music City Miracle
One of the most famous playoff moments in history went down in the Wild Card round, when the Titans pulled out a trick play on a kickoff. Tennessee will never forget it and Buffalo will always insist it was a forward pass (which it very well could have been).
Marshawn Lynch turns on Beast Mode
The Seahawks squeaked into the playoffs at 7-9, but upset the Saints thanks in part to this thundering Marshawn Lynch run that became his trademark.